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Premier League 10 things to watch for this weekend

Liverpool is facing a tough challenge to face Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers is at risk, and Southampton is determined to stop the decay

1) Reds know the benchmark for the City showdown

A single “freak” result – as Jurgen Klopp said changed the mood of Liverpool after they hammered Rangers with the joint-heaviest loss they have ever suffered on Ibrox this Wednesday. The next, and most difficult, task is to ensure an emphatic first win away from home, which will change the pace of a shaky season. Manchester City and a rested Erling Haaland are the greatest threat, however, the 7-1 victory at Glasgow or, at a minimum, the level of the second-half performance, should be the standard for a team that easily defeated Rangers at Anfield last week, only to be let down when they lost to Arsenal. With just 13 points between the two teams that have been dominant in the title race over the last few times, Liverpool cannot afford another mistake. The intensity of their players will be crucial in the coming weeks, in the words of Andy Robertson. “We need to get the consistency back into our game, back into our performance,” said the fit full-back. “We must play with the same intensity as before. If we play our best, we know that we are able to cause trouble for any team. If we are less than that, it’ll be a challenging day for us.” 

2) Another opportunity that Casemiro has to show his best

Casemiro started Sunday’s opening Premier League start at Everton getting snatched by Amadou Montana, whose intervention resulted in Alex Iwobi’s goal. In this haphazard moment, the Brazilian displayed his character and class to become Manchester United’s most recognizable action in a full-on performance that included attacks, interventions, metronomic passes, and the precise weighted 40-yard ball which resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal (and his 700th club goal). This was a clear indication of how crucial the 30-year-old was to Real’s five Champions League triumphs since 2013-14 and an encouraging indication of how significant he can be in Erik ten Hag’s reconstruction. The most interesting thing is that the champions of 20 times have struggled for decades – ever from the time Michael Carrick was signed in 2006 – to find an experienced midfielder which means that maybe, at last, Casemiro will be the player to sign. It’s early, however, after waiting for his chance due to Scott McTominay’s performance, it could be a shock should Casemiro not make it into the squad for the visit to Newcastle United. Newcastle United. 

3) Rodgers and out?

The internet is widely regarded as a reliable source for facts, Twitter in particular. Therefore we don’t have any reason and certainly, no reason to deny the report that surfaced on the site this week, namely that Leicester has removed all Tannoy birthday wishes following requests for the messages to be handed over the names of “Zak Rodgers” and “Brenda Not”. In a way the truth of it doesn’t matter since the truth is the same: a lot of Leicester supporters have lost faith in the man that in the last few years brought them the sole FA Cup win in their 138-year history. Furthermore, it’s the case that only a handful of managers are able to turn this antipathy around. It is likely that with Leicester in the bottom third of the table and only a handful of obvious candidates for relegation directly above them, there’s only a handful of more reversals the club is likely to let. Therefore, another game defeat to Palace whose speed and performance make the team a poor opponent for any team and even more so for one that is desperate for victory – could mean the end of the. Daniel Harris

4) Doherty’s chance to win back Conte’s confidence

Do you remember the game in the early months of March? Frank Lampard does. “Lampard’s going down,” said the Tottenham supporters, who jumped in a two-footed attack on the Everton manager whose team was beaten by a 5-0 score. For the Spurs supporters, Lampard will always be an antagonist because of his Chelsea connection. In a less public way, Matt Doherty will remember this match: a player who was trusted to Antonio Conte at right wing-back the game was an event that changed the course of the. Doherty was outstanding, delivering two assists while enjoying the freedom of moving forward. Conte was able to be able to count on him in the following games until the knee ligament rupture caused him to miss the entire season in the middle of April. Doherty has been struggling to regain his fitness levels following the purple patch, mostly due to fitness reasons. However, With Emerson Royal banned after his red card against Arsenal, Conte started Doherty in the last weekend’s win over Brighton in which Doherty was a solid player. The coach could choose Ivan Perisic on the right against Everton and that would be a major blow to Doherty. The thing he wants is the chance to get back on track. 

5) Lessons to learn from the Blues for Villa

It’s not inspiring the teams involved however, it has never Battle for the Top Four The Championship been so intense as it is this season. It’s a challenge to Graham Potter who, as in juggling Todd Boehly’s multifaceted ego must also deal with managers who are more familiar with life at the top of the league. So far, he’s done quite well and that’s largely due to the fact that he quickly figured out that Raheem Sterling Mason Mount and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are his primary attackers and picks them for almost every game. Villa On however struggles to score. And while Steven Gerrard was correct to expect more from his team’s creators but he’s also one of the reasons for constant tinkering, having created an impressive squad but with no apparent first team. Now is the time to settle on an XI, and allowing it to get into a rhythm with the same bad team every week is more effective than playing a different team each week.

6) Leeds’ future is bright but the present depends on Bamford

Leeds might have picked up just two points from their previous 15 games and may be able to be better off not playing Arsenal in the first leg at Elland Road but at least their future is promising. They have one of the best academy facilities in England and, already during the year Sonny Perkins, Mateo Joseph, Joe Gelhardt, Wilfred Gnonto Crysencio Summerville, and Sam Greenwood have shone for the under-21s. The most notable among them are Perkins and Joseph Two 18-year-old strikers are unable to stop scoring and scoring, with Perkins scoring eight goals in just eight games this term, and Joseph has scored nine goals in his eight appearances. Goto as well as Gelhardt are at the moment ahead of them in their quest to join Jesse Marsch’s first-team spot, but Perkins and Joseph might not be way in the back. In the meantime, however, everything depends on Patrick Bamford returning to full fitness. It’s no exaggeration to say that his capacity to stay on the field could be the key to success or failure for Leeds during the current season. 

7) More Midlands desperation

The Premier League’s five worst teams’ four players are located in the Midlands which is bad for the region but great for those who appreciate the thrill of the chase, the desperation, and the devastation only rivalries in football can bring. Each of Forest and Wolves were in the headlines in the past week. The former offered Steve Cooper a surprise new contract, before dismissing their head of recruitment and the chief of the recruitment department as well as the head scout, while the Wolves were disqualified to Julen Lopetegui who they chose as the replacement for Bruno Lage. In general, it’s not a huge deal as nobody knows if that person was fit for the job, however, the situation is a little tense. The fact that the story was reported on Tuesday, and it’s Friday, and the Wolves are still without a manager. The possibility is that the creation of a comprehensive contingency plan was not considered necessary. In the end, both clubs will be facing an extended winter.

8) Hammers is the latest Hasenhuttl threat

West Ham made a slow beginning to the season, losing just one of their seven initial league matches, however lately there have been indications of improvement. The two wins came matches at home in the games against Wolves as well as Fulham However, they’re a better team now as opposed to the side that slipped in a meek loss against Forest in August. Declan Rice looks more like the player he was in the past and Jarrod Bowen is regaining the form he showed the previous season, as well as Gianluca Scamacca, has settled down and Lucas Paqueta is showing the quality that led to his signing. This makes them a tough opponent for a Southampton team that came off winning over Chelsea with a single goal while losing four consecutive games and even though the loss at Manchester City can be excused, consecutive losses against Wolves, Villa, and Everton can’t be. They are currently 17th in the table, and it is difficult to imagine they will improve this weekend or even in the near future.

9) The first win may help the De Zerbi era up and running

One point from the meetings that were played with Liverpool and Spurs is likely to be regarded as the equivalent of Roberto de Zerbi’s two first games as Brighton’s manager. Brighton. They could have been worth more than the small defeat in the last game, but they did not perform in the attack, and in any event, the tactics of the Italian coach are likely to take some time to sink into. “He wants us to dictate play from the back and it is all about how we react to the pressure that is coming on us, to make spaces,” said defense Adam Webster. “We have to take risks but, as long as we’re in the right positions, we can get out.” Risk-averse and high reward have been the hallmarks of De Zerbi’s playing career to date and he’ll hope for plenty of both against Brentford which has won just one of six games since taking down Manchester United. A first victory for the new management could suggest Brighton could remain in the other reaches of the table and reduce any doubt regarding the destabilizing impact of the departure of Graham Potter.

10) Clarity to emerge with the newly promoted pair

The month of August was a bit chilly, and there were few people who thought these teams would remain in the top division next season, and the current standings with Fulham ninth and Bournemouth eighth Bournemouth have been placed eighth while Fulham ninth shocking and reassuring. It’s unclear if Bournemouth is an actual Championship team with Championship players enjoying a new manager bounce in opposition to teams that aren’t aware of their game or if the three wins and two draws since Gary O’Neil took temporary charge is the norm for them. Fulham, On the contrary, boast players whose work could keep them going. Joao Palhinha was a great acquisition. Andreas Pereira is thriving with regular football in his preferred position, and Aleksandr Mitrovic seems, finally to be a winner on his way into the Premier League. We aren’t sure if the player has recuperated from injuries he sustained while on international duty and is now fit to be fit for the game – and given an upcoming World Cup imminent, it is not a surprise if he’s not or not, but a consistent goalscorer is to be the most important differentiating between the two sides.

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